A&E: Just look up the road to see what happens

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Those that would argue that “reconfiguration” of A&E services in Halifax and Huddersfield would be well advised to take a look at the lasted A&E performance figures published by the BBC for this winter.

Of the 144 trusts, Calderdale & Kirklees was the 32nd best performing trust with 95.6 per cent of patients seen within four hours.

Over the border in East Lancashire the hospitals went through a controversial reconfiguration with A&E services concentrated on Blackburn Royal. Just like Calderdale and Kirklees NHS bosses there promised improved services.

East Lancashire Trust’s recent performance? The 15th worst in the country with 88.6 per cent of patients seen within four hours.

Faced with that record NHS bosses for our area need to explain why they are going down a route that has proved catastrophic for patients in East Lancashire.

Hywel Morgan